Friday, March 15, 2013

March Card Kitchen, Part 1

My dear, ol' blog is getting dusty, and that makes me a little sad. One thing that's been reinforced these last couple of months is that I *need* a creative outlet or one sort or another. So, though I haven't been papercrafting nearly as much, I have turned my attention to my home, which, honestly, could really use some updates and re-styling. Here's the thing: as far as creative outlets, it takes a whole lot more time and money to redecorate a house than to make a card, there's a whole lot less room for error in home decorating (or maybe I should just say errors are a lot more costly), and I'm a whole lot better at making cards than styling a home! (Especially when I just put all my spare change and then some into a hole in the ground. Literally. Our backyard pool project began two weeks ago. Which I'm *super* excited about! But which leaves precious little left for redecorating.)

Another thing I tend to sink my creative teeth into off and on is cooking. So I've been doing a little more of that these last few months, too, and here's what I've noted: A) I'm a lot happier making cards than I am making meals; and B) my blog readers have *never* commented, "Can I just have a bowl of cereal instead?" (I dare ya!)

So, yea, all of this to say that my paper-crafty break, although welcome, has also been frustrating.  And therefore, the grass in my craft room is looking mighty green. Stay tuned ....

I don't usually like to mix too much personal with "business," but since it's been so long, I thought an update was in order. And yet, I do still want to share the first half of the  Jillibean Soup March Card Kitchen kit too. These little monthly kits have been papercrafting oases during this dry spell. I love them!! A few weeks ago, I went to an all-day crop fundraiser. This kit, plus a shoebox of tools, was all I packed. It's definitely the way to do it!

Here's the kit:




And here are four of the eight cards I made:

Hello Friend

Life is Good With You Around

It All Began With a Boy & Girl

Life is Wonderful


For more info on the Card Kitchen kits, click HERE.


Until next time ...

Hugs,

15 comments:

Jennifer Grissom said...

I do love me a bowl of cereal!! ;) Miss seeing your posts more often.

Marisa said...

So what type of cereal are you serving wink, wink :)

A backyard pool - how fun!!! Many great family times ahead :) Hubby LOVES to cook (me - nope) so I'm thankful there. I am a pro sous chef though LOL!

Love all your creations - as always. SO many great touches and layers and accents. You are pro indeed :) Look forward to your next post. ((hugs))

Susie said...

I hope you post pictures of your pool when it's complete! It will remind all of us that summer really is coming! This has been one long winter here in MN!

Chris said...

Eventually they will appreciate you for your cooking - my kids always tell me I'm the only mom that cooks a real meal. :) But I do appreciate your cards right now - 4 great and unique cards. Love the different designs!

Evgenia Petzer said...

wonderful cards!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Love the cards! A different style, I see!
A pool??? How fabulous is that!!
I miss your blog! Hopefully you will back more often, soon!

Susi said...

Always a treat to see your wonderful creations, Amy, so it was a true joy to see the e-mail in my Inbox today (I've missed you!). Lovely, lovely cards (as usual) and I look forward to seeing more soon. Let Them Eat Cereal, I say! LOL

Jennifer Shults said...

These are stunning Amy and I'm so so jealous if your pool. That's going to be amazing. It's good to see you back around your craft room!! Hugs!!

Mendi said...

You are the card master! These turned out beautiful! Going to a crop with the kit and a small box of tools sounds sort of heavenly. You'll have to share pictures of your pool and house when you're done. :)

harrahx2 said...

Very cute cards. Love the chatter regarding all that is going on in your life. Life has a way of taking over some days!

Susie said...

Lovely post, Amy. Every one needs a break once in a while. I always enjoy your cards/projects and am glad you've had some time to refresh. We have moved back into our home in Ashburn. After 4 long months of unpacking, re-arranging, etc, I think I'm ready to begin posting again - yay! Good luck with that pool - come summer it will be well worth the sacrifice.

Hugs, Susie ~

Petra Swart said...

Hi Amy. I so enjoyed you telling us what you've been doing during the months we did not hear a lot from you. Crafting is definately much more fun than cooking and these days cereals are meant to be very healthy with added vitamins, so let them have cereal!!
You do absolute wonders with these card kits and I'm looking forward to see some more of your work again.
Enjoy the pool and summer; have fun!

Karen Hutchinson said...

I have missed your cards! Glad to see your new cards....beautiful!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Amy! I have just enjoyed a lovely morning browsing your blog, and just basking in all the pretty artwork you have shared with the rest of us - beautiful designs, and such cheeriness and loveliness. Thanks for the breath-taking views, I have become your newest follower! hugs, de

dpkennedy said...

Sweet cards Amy! You always do lovely work and I am looking forward to seeing more from you :)

The new pool sounds good! I think you'll appreciate it this summer more than a new coat of paint, especially when it's 95 degrees!